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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CANADA WELCOMES U.S. CITIZENS, c. 1940

A. Palmer

True Blue: 1943

True Blue: 1943

February 1943. "Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, this woman is working on a 'Vengeance' dive bomber." 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Electric Steel: 1942

Electric Steel: 1942

1942. "White-hot steel pours like water from a 35-ton electric furnace at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge, Pa. The finest quality steels and alloys are produced in these furnaces, which allow much greater control of temperature than other conversion furnaces. The proportion of electric furnace steel is rising steadily, even though this process is the most expensive. The furnace is tilted for the pouring; the flying sparks indicate the fluidity of the steel." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

American Iron: 1942

American Iron: 1942

1942. "Bessemer converter (iron into steel), Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge, Pennsylvania." 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Power of Tower: 1942

Power of Tower: 1942

May 1942. "Marine lieutenant by the power towing plane for the gliders at Parris Island, South Carolina." 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Wood Bomber: 1942

The Wood Bomber: 1942

October 1942. "Preparing a model of the B-25 bomber for the wind tunnel at North American Aviation's plant at Inglewood, Calif." More here and here. Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Speed Racer: 1941

Speed Racer: 1941

December 1941. White Motor Company, Cleveland. "The chassis of an Army halftrack scout car get a workout. When this test driver at a large Midwest plant has put the machine through its paces, he'll know if it meets the exacting specifications of the Army." 4x5 negative by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

Pajama Squadron: 1942

Pajama Squadron: 1942

May 1942. Parris Island, South Carolina. "Instructors at leisure after a full day at the U.S. Marine Corps glider detachment training camp." From photos by Alfred Palmer and Pat Terry for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Dialog of Giants: 1942

Dialog of Giants: 1942

June 1942. "Tennessee Valley Authority -- construction cranes at Douglas Dam." Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 
 
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